On Thursday, Jan. 10, Lumberton Independent School District received a bomb threat made to the elementary school. Law enforcement believed the incident may have been related to suspects on the run in south end of the district that were responsible for burglarizing the AT&T store on Dowlen Road in Beaumont. The vehicle carrying the suspects lost control and went into the median in south Lumberton in the early hours of Jan. 10, which resulted in the suspects fleeing into a nearby wooded area.

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Around 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 10, Beaumont police officers responded to 7-Eleven on Calder Avenue in reference to an aggravated robbery. Witnesses reported that three black males armed with handguns entered the store and robbed the clerk of money and tobacco products. 

They then fled the area on foot to a black extended cab truck waiting for them behind Tia Juanitas. The suspect vehicle was last seen heading eastbound on Laurel Street.

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Orange County Judge Dean Crooks announced the final payment of a loan taken out to pad county coffers for the last months of 2018. The loan was originally anticipated to be $8 million.

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During a Jan. 10 Vidor City Council meeting, councilmembers unanimously voted to appoint Kimberly Stiebig as mayor of the city of Vidor. 

The position had been left vacant as of Jan. 1, when former Mayor Robert Viator Jr. was sworn in as Orange County Commissioner Pct. 4.

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Acting Port Arthur Water Utilities Director Dr. Hani Tohme, who formerly held a similar position in Beaumont before being forced from the top rank following a scathing assessment of the department that noted gross overspending and mismanagement, says his new crew is “working on” addressing the tens of thousands of dollars Port Arthur residents such as 77-year-old Joyce Sanders have been overbilled for the essential utility service.

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